2014 Baracchi "O'Lillo!" Toscana (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1245223 93 points James Suckling

 Lots of blackcurrants, grapes and lemon zest character. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. It's firm and very tight. Compact structure. Delicious blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah and sangiovese. Better in 2018.  (8/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Pure and fresh, boasting black currant and black cherry flavors, with tar and earth details. Lean, almost racy, with vivid acidity driving the long, mineral-tinged finish. Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2017 through 2023. (BS)  (10/2015)

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By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2017 | Send Email
The modest label and pleasant "O'Lillo" greeting on this outstanding Tuscan red belie a far more serious wine that is really singing at the moment. Vibrant and rich plummy black fruits fill the palate while some substantial ripe tannins add a bit of heft and texture to a lengthy finish. This surprisingly good Italian red will hold up well with meats and heavier meals and it's pretty darn tasty on its own.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/28/2016 | Send Email
Here is a smooth and effortless blend displaying wild berry and dark cherry fruit along with faint hints of milk chocolate and a subtle pulverized minerality to the finish. This is well proportioned and integrated with each component of the blend adding to but not overpowering the whole. Overall a delicious drink.

By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2016 | Send Email
This is "Super Tuscan" - a very user friendly wine, the blend is 25% Merlot and 25% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon & 25% Syrah. Lots of dark-skinned fruit with spice and minerals that complete each other on the nose and palate. The wine has pleasantly soft tannins, but good acidity to pull it all together.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2016 | Send Email
A completely balanced Tuscan that brings four varietals into harmony, the Baracchi O'Lillo bursts with dark berry and notes of earth. The acid and minerality in the wine move it forward and keep the richness from becoming cloying. Light soft tannins are well integrated and add to the richness of the wine that balances the acid.

By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2016 | Send Email
An unrestrained nose of ripe berries and dark fruit with hints of fresh cedar and spice feeds into a medium-bodied wine that is youthful and vibrant. The juicy, energetic fruit adds depth in the glass with layers of red berries to black berries to ripe plums intertwining with flavors of tobacco, earth, and leather. Delicious and intriguing wine that is easy to enjoy!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2016 | Send Email
The nose of this wine is stunning: waves of complex wild cherry, classically Sangiovese, mixed with smoke and earth focus your attention immediately, as if you were to say this is the nose of a lot more expensive wine. On the palate the complexity expands, develops flavor facets that expose soil, mineral, saturated fruits with hints of leather and earth. The wine glides across your palate displaying lots of richness that is bridled, focused and gives you a sense of power and depth. The finish is long--sometimes that seems like a placeholder for this part of the review, but this wine really has length, superb balance, lots of flavors and a supple drinkability. Outstanding wine at this price point!
Drink from 2016 to 2023

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

Italy

- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world. For our entire Italian wine selection, click here. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of Italy.
Sub-Region:

Tuscany

Specific Appellation:

Super Tuscan

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5